As of: 01/21/2020 07:12 p.m.
Lower Saxony 6pm
The dream of every school band: be discovered, make it big, play at famous festivals thousands, maybe tens of thousands ago. For a band this is at least partially true: At Hurricane Festival the young musicians will be part of the line-up. There is still a fair hurdle to be overcome: If you want to play as a school band at the Hurricane, you have to SchoolJam win. On Tuesday evening one of the regiofinals in Hanover will take place.
10 bands, 20 songs
SchoolJam is the largest youth festival for young bands in Germany. Bands from the 5th class can participate – more than 1,200 applications have been received, according to the organizer. Around 100 music groups have made it into the competition and are showing what they can do in one of nine regional finals. At the Regiofinale in Hanover, ten young and school bands from Lower Saxony and Bremen will each play two titles live.
These bands are on stage at Béi Chéz Heinz:
- Airless Fire, Bramsche
- Halftime, Bremen
- The Blue Lights, Wildeshausen
- The Coolburners, Braunschweig
- ORYS, Braunschweig
- Toni & Lilli, Braunschweig
- Failed Communication, Cuxhaven
- Area Nether, Braunschweig
- Pauline, Braunschweig
- Tiara, Brunswick
The other regional finals will take place between January 19 and 29 in Cologne, Bochum, Hamburg, Berlin, Dresden, Munich, Stuttgart and Frankfurt.
Places one and two come on
The aim in the regional finals is to be chosen among the top two. Because they qualify for the subsequent online voting. That should start at the end of February across Germany. The winners of the Regiofinale are selected by the four-person “SchoolJam-Crew”, as Gerald Dellmann from SchoolJam explains: “The crew consists of members of the band Aber Hallo, who won the final three years ago, as well as professional backliners and musicians.” With two bands from each Regiofinale, a total of 18 are voting on the Internet. After the voting, eight bands remain – it remains exciting.
Grand finale – and then the hurricane
The next and last round is on April 4th: the grand finale. The eight bands present themselves at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt am Main. The jury there consists of members of well-known bands, as Dellmann announces. After that, the best troupe is determined, the young band that wins the SchoolJam 2020. And for them it really gets going: She receives a two-day live coaching, a studio weekend at the Abbey Road Institute – note: in Frankfurt – as well as the mentioned appearance on the Hurricane in Scheeßel and its sister festival Southside in Neuhausen ob Eck (Baden -Wuerttemberg).